Family Medicine Residency Faculty
You’ll train alongside our distinguished physicians who are committed to your development and the advancement of Family Medicine.
Meet our residency leaders & faculty
Our exceptional faculty members are committed to providing the highest-quality training and patient care. We leverage our vast professional experience and varied medical interests to provide dynamic learning opportunities that emphasize evidence-based medicine. With our guidance and support, you’ll be inspired, empowered and prepared to practice comprehensive family medicine in your community. We look forward to partnering with you.
Robyn Borge, MD
Dr. Borge is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and the program director of Gundersen's Family Medicine Residency. Prior to serving as program director, Dr. Borge held several leadership positions including Gundersen’s Chief of Medical and Clinical Staff. Currently, she serves as a Gundersen Medical Governor and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Bellin-Gundersen Health System. Dr. Borge has been active in community service and volunteers as medical director for the La Crosse County Health Department, volunteer physician at the St. Clare’s Health Mission and board member for the Wisconsin Medical Society.
Dr. Borge is a graduate of the University of North Dakota Medical School. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the La Crosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency Program in La Crosse, Wis. Dr. Borge is a fellow of the National Institute for Program Director Development.
Dr. Borge’s special interests include pediatrics, women's health, quality improvement and practice management. At home, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball and spending time at the lake.
Heidi Allred, MD
Dr. Allred is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and associate program director of the Gundersen Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Allred has special interests in medical education, gender-affirming care and lactation medicine. She practices mostly outpatient medicine, but also enjoys rounding on postpartum moms and newborn babies in the hospital.
Dr. Allred completed the Rural Physician Associate Program at the University of Minnesota during medical school and was a chief resident during her residency training at the University of California San Diego. She completed the WWAMI Network’s Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship in 2019 and is also a fellow of the National Institute for Program Director Development. Dr. Allred is thrilled to help lead the Family Medicine Residency here at Gundersen and is happy to be back in the Midwest.
When not at work, Dr. Allred has many hobbies, most of which involve being outdoors with her family. She loves camping, hiking, canoeing, and in the winter, cross-country and downhill skiing.
Elizabeth "Libby" Abbas, DO
Dr. Abbas is board-certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.
Dr. Abbas is a core faculty member for Gundersen's Family Medicine Residency and serves as the Osteopathic site director. She practices full-spectrum family medicine (including obstetrics) and leads the Medication Assisted Treatment program for opioid use disorder at the residency. She has special interests in OMM/OMT, addiction medicine, integrative medicine and women’s health, especially obstetrics and family planning. Before joining the residency program, she practiced full-scope family medicine in rural Iowa.
Dr. Abbas received her medical degree and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Augusta, Maine.
In her free time, Dr. Abbas enjoys mountain biking and endurance racing, playing music (especially harmonica) with her husband Nick, practicing yoga and outdoor adventures of any kind with her Doberman.
John Porter, DO
Dr. Porter is an osteopathic family physician, board-certified by both the American Board of Family Medicine as well as the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice. He practices full-spectrum Family Medicine without obstetrics and has special interests in Osteopathic Manipulative Technique, acupuncture and minor office procedures.
Dr. Porter attended medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency training at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2006. Prior to joining Gundersen's Family Medicine Residency, he practiced rural family medicine for over 16 years in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.
Dr. Porter's other passions include spending time with his wife, Chelsea, and their 5 children. They love taking road trips together to go camping and have beach vacations. At home, they enjoy gardening and preparing from-scratch gourmet meals. His favorite hobby is fly fishing with a particular love of salt water fly fishing.
Brandi Strong, MD
Dr. Strong is board-certified in Family Medicine and is a founding member of the core faculty with Gundersen's Family Medicine Residency program.
She enjoys practicing full-spectrum family medicine, with special interests in obstetrics, procedures and outpatient clinic. Dr. Strong also has extensive experience in providing rural care to families, having worked at Gundersen in Tomah, Wis., for several years prior to becoming a faculty member in La Crosse.
Dr. Strong is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Idaho State University Family Medicine Residency Program.
In her spare time, Dr. Strong enjoys quilting, baking, reading, mountain biking, working towards her black belt in karate (a brown belt currently) and spending time with her husband and 2 boys.
Kenneth S. Yew, MD
Dr. Yew is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Yew has special interests in maternity care, skin diseases, obesity prevention, wilderness medicine, nutrition and lifelong physician learning. His passion for writing and reviewing medical literature has led to many publications and direction of the residency’s research curriculum.
He is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Family Medicine Residency Program in Jacksonville, Fla. Dr. Yew has completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., and holds a master's degree in Public Health from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.
He and his wife have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with family, cross-country and downhill skiing, biking, hiking, tennis, fishing, reading and humanitarian missions and travel.
Allison Allmon Dixson, PhD
Dr. Allmon Dixson is the section chair of Integrated Care, a Pediatric Psychologist and Behavioral Health Consultant, and Gundersen Family Medicine Residency’s Behavioral Health faculty.
Dr. Allmon Dixson has a passion for primary care behavioral health and serving children, adolescents and families who might not otherwise receive behavioral medicine services. At the residency, she precepts, teaches and supports Family Medicine residents.
Dr. Allmon Dixson earned her PhD in counseling psychology from The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. She was the chief resident during her residency training at Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah, where she specialized in pediatric psychology and integrated care. She completed her fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center and Janet Weiss Children’s Hospital, Danville, Penn. Dr. Allmon Dixson is privileged to continue to learn and grow as a faculty member. She is excited to share early prevention and behavioral health knowledge with family medicine students.
When not at work, Dr. Allmon Dixson has many hobbies, most of which involve her children and partner. She loves hiking, reading, thrifting, fruit and vegetable gardening, traveling and supporting her children in their interests.
Wes Fox, MD
Dr. Fox is a board-certified family medicine physician who provides outpatient care at the Family Medicine Residency Clinic. He completed Gundersen's Family Medicine Residency as a member of the inaugural class.
His varied medical interests include preventive medicine, healthcare policy, physician wellness and innovations in primary care delivery. Dr. Fox's research and quality initiatives have resulted in presentations for the Obesity Medicine Association in September 2017 and the USC Keck School of Medicine's Innovations in Medical Education Conference in February 2020. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians.
A native of central Wisconsin, Dr. Fox graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after studying conservation biology and business. He then went to medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine, graduating with a Distinction in Public Health.
In his free time, Dr. Fox and his family like to spend their time visiting national parks, lounging on their favorite beach or traveling to new places. He enjoys Wisconsin pastimes like hunting, fishing, camping and kayaking.
Kallie McGettigan, PA-C
Kallie is our clinic’s outstanding physician assistant. She sees acute patients for the clinic and has practiced at the clinic since 2015. Kallie grew up in the La Crosse area so she has great familiarity with the community, its geography and resources.
Kallie graduated from Carroll University with her master’s degree in physician assistant studies in 2013.
In her free time, Kallie enjoys baking, reading and traveling.
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Prioritizing Your Wellness
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